Even though we may move fancifully from fad to fad in Los Angeles, one thing never waivers: our love for fads. Nor does our love for yoga.
The truth is, the search for spiritual enlightenment and a more centered self can be long and tedious, so sometimes you need to spice it up a little.
From getting naked to candlelight hip hop, here are 13 ways to make your yoga ritual a little more LA.
If you’re comfortable getting naked and attempting the bridge pose in a room full of strangers, then congratulations—you’re already pretty “enlightened,” so I’m not sure you need to take a yoga class. But if you really feel the need, there’s a naked yoga class right here in Venice (no surprise there). This is free-flowing LA, so of course it’s open to everyone, but if an all-male class would make you more comfortable, try this one in West LA.
If naked yoga intrigues you, but you’d rather keep your pants on, then you might want to try this body-positivity focused class. Inspired by the “Free the Nipple” movement, the class is run by candlelight in a Downtown studio and finishes with a sound bath.
It’s tough when you’re committed to one religion, but another religion has some cool stuff. Some Christians are weirded out by yoga and see it as a damaging occult practice, but thankfully not everyone thinks that way. Holy Yoga lets you forge a deeper connection to Christ while you work on your downward dog.
After an invigorating yoga session there’s nothing better than… an ice-cold beer? Brew Yoga runs regular classes at craft breweries around LA that finish up with a beer tasting. That’s one way to reach transcendence.
Whether your idea of a perfect weekend is a sunset rooftop yoga dance party or you just need a little help from a DJ to make a smooth transition from the club to your yoga class on Sunday morning, LA has you covered.
Acro Yoga is a combination of acrobatics and yoga, which can be quite spectacular and features plenty of crazy human pyramid-type poses. For those of us who struggle to even bend our bodies into the lotus position, however, Acro Yoga just looks like a back injury waiting to happen.
If your usual yoga class at the local corporate gym just isn’t doing it for you, maybe it’s time to go deep and open up your “sacral chakra” to purge all that guilt, shame, worry, and regret in a yoga healing ritual.
If you want to improve the vibe by tuning in to some good vibrations, you can practice yoga while accompanied by the droning tones of Tibetan bowls and gongs.
It’s tough to leave your dog at home—even if it’s just to do yoga for an hour. If you can’t bear the thought, now you can bring your best friend along to your class. How this doesn’t wind up descending into doggie chaos, I don’t know.
No, it’s not a joke. Laughter yoga combines yoga breathing techniques with “intentional laughter” and supposedly makes you better equipped to cope with stress and hardship.
Perhaps when you throw on Nas’ Illmatic, yoga is not the first thing that comes to mind. Well, that might change after a few classes at Y7, a New York transplant that’s now open on Melrose. Classes feature a Vinyasa sequence carefully choreographed to mixtapes featuring everything from Drake to classic deep cuts.
Basically you paddle out into the harbor on a board and then do your poses while floating in the middle of the ocean. Don’t worry, each board is equipped with an anchor, so you won’t wind up out to sea.
If your idea of transcendence is more in line with the church-burning screech of Burzum or the bowel-rattling doom-drones of Sunn 0))), this could be your idea of heaven… or maybe hell.